HID Global fuels e-passport and e-ID adoption in Europe


HID’s e-government inlays, readers and printers are now used by ministries of interior and foreign affairs in more than 27 e-passport programs and 31 ID/e-ID programs worldwide.

The technology will be deployed in two additional countries during the first half of 2011 through leading system integrators.

Offering one of the world’s fastest reader modules for biometric passport reading, and reader technology that supports Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control (EAC) standards, HID’s solutions deliver a combination of flexibility and future-proofing.

The BAC standard is used for government identity verification and for commercial applications such as accelerated hotel check-in/checkout and self-serve airline check-in, while EAC is used to enable biometric matching during e-passport and e-ID document issuance and at automated border-crossing locations.

Mark Scaparro, senior vice president of Identification Solutions (IDS) with HID Global says: “Being able to support BAC and EAC standards in our readers has been one of the top requirements for our OEM partners, as demand continues to grow for secure and reliable e-passport and other e-government solutions, and as more countries migrate from a BAC- to EAC-enabled infrastructure.”
According to Acuity Market Intelligence,e-Passports accounted for 57 percent of all passports issued and 28 percent of all passports in circulation during 2009, and that 88 percent of all passports issued in 2014 will be electronic passports.

The latest EAC standards mandate that passports contain individual private keys to resist counterfeiting, and require inspecting parties to prove that they are entitled to extract sensitive data such as the fingerprint using digital signatures and a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). For additional security, HID Global uses advanced encryption techniques to protect against unauthorized access to the chip data.

HID Global offers a variety of RFID reader board modules that OEM partners can use to develop customized solutions.

About HID Global

HID Global is a trusted leader in solutions that deliver secure identity for millions of customers around the world. Based in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 1,500 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.